Add a bit of heat, color and sweet flavor to your garden and meals with a few of the 2015 All-America Selections National pepper winners. These plants were selected for their unique flavor, improved productivity or ornamental appeal.
Emerald Pepper is a very hot pepper perfect for grilling, stuffing and making salsa. It is the hottest of this year’s winners. The compact plant produces an abundance of large dark green jalapeno peppers with thick walls.
Flaming Flare is a versatile less finicky fresno pepper. The fruit has a nice sweet flavor, but heats up the later in the season it’s harvested. Cooks will enjoy the flavor and should plan on growing a plant or two.
The last national AAS pepper winner is Pretty N Sweet. This ornamental pepper produces sweet yellow, orange and red peppers on a compact plant. It’s perfect for containers or in your flowerbeds.
A bit more information: Sweet Sunset pepper was a regional winner for the Southeast, Heartland, and West/Northwest. The pepper produces a large amount of fruit on a compact plant. The banana type peppers range in color from yellow, orange to red and are great for using fresh or canning.
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